Various updates to 45 degree imagery
I decided to highlight some of the new(er) 45 degree imagery in Google Maps. You no longer need to enable anything for it to appear because it's no longer in beta. Sometimes the imagery takes a moment to show up, but it will flip to the 45 degree view. Also, if you prefer to not see this view, you can toggle it using the menu on the right of the frame. There are other cities in California that have had the imagery for quite a while now, so there's not a big point in listing them again.
Remember this one? Recording an episode of "Trauma". Some people have thought this was an emergency exercise. In reality people are recording the Thanksgiving 2009 episode of the US show Trauma. The episode was titled "Thank You" and aired 11/23/2009. This section was about an airplane forced to make a landing at Alameda and subsequently crashing.
-- Tuscon Arizona --
Military CH-53 Stallion in flight
(there are plenty of aircraft all over the base and boneyard so, I'll stop with that one)
Pima Air Museum
Small aircraft seconds from touchdown
-- Norfolk, Virginia -- (taken May 11, 2010)
S-606 Perle, a French submarine
LCS-1 Freedom (actually over at Little Creek)
CVN-77 George HW Bush and CVN-75 Harry Truman
LHD-7 Iwo Jima and LHD-3 Kearsarge
Los Angeles class submarine
Nuclear submarines in dry dock (the largest to the south is an Ohio class missile sub)
SH-60 Seahawk in flight
Another SH-60 Seahawk in flight
Cessna Citation jet landing at Norfolk International (new)
Other cities, mostly just to point out that they have this imagery:
-- San Antonio, Texas --
US Air Express aircraft landing (new)
Light aircraft taking off (new)
C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker, and KC-10 aircraft at Kelly AFB (new)
Small aircraft taking off at Stinson Municipal
-- Austin, Texas --
Southwest Boeing 737 landing (new)
-- Salt Lake City, Utah --
Downtown Salt Lake City
EDIT: New additions
Albuquerque, New Mexico
E-6 Mercury (airborne command post and communications relay)
EDIT #2: Latest additions
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
B-52 and B1 Bomber, KC-135 and KC-10 refuelers, and E-3 Sentry
EDIT #3: Latest additions
New Orleans, Lousianna
LPD-22 San Diego, a San Antonio class amphibious transport dock
Stern Paddlewheel Boat "Creole Queen"
Stern Paddlewheel Boat "Natchez"
EDIT #4: Van Nuys
Skycrane heavy lift helicopter
Grob D-500 Egrett II (high altitude research motor sailplane)
Super-yacht Carinthia VII in Venice
EDIT #5: New California areas
Civilian helicopter in flight
The same helicopter practicing maneuvering
The same helicopter practicing more maneuvering
March Field Museum (outdoor airplane exhibit)
B-17 "Aluminum Overcast"
Velocity SE kit plane
US Coast Guard C-130
CH-21 Shawnee/Workhorse helicopter
Aerospace Museum California
P-51 Mustang at Hollister Municipal
Swank Farms crop maze
Small aircraft leaving Gillespie Field
Small aircraft just lifting off
Aircraft hulk collection at Gillespie Field
SBD Dauntless and Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4000 biplane at Montgomery Field
Edit #6: Miramar
CH-53 Stallion hovering
F-18 Hornets on the tarmac
F-15 Eagles on the tarmac
Edit #7: Portland
Alaska Air 737 on approach
Edit #8: (these are also in my main instructional post in General Discussion)
A flock of birds over F-18 Hornets at Naval Air Station Oceana
Omega Aerial Refueling Services tanker. One of only two civilian B707 refueling tankers.
F-18 that just landed.
Salt Lake City, Hill AFB
C-130 and some A-10 aircraft
A row of F-16 Falcons
F-16 painted with the Thunderbirds scheme (they are the US Air Force aerobatic demonstration team)
Los Angeles Area
Airbus 380 at LAX
Party at the Playboy Mansion
The Goodyear blimp
747 Leaving LAX
American Airlines on rotation as it takes off
Air Canada aircraft taking off
American Airlines ready for takeoff
Take a look at these airplanes for instance.
A row of Saab Draken fighters (with a Mig 15 or 17 and a Fouga Magister.
A restored British naval fighter. Wildcat or Hellcat perhaps.
A large collection of airplanes being restored
A collection including an AN-2, F-104, F-86, and an F7F-3 Tigercat
Edit #9 (June 12, 2011)
F-35B Lightning II (the dark circle behind the cockpit is the location of the STVOL "LiftFan" for vertical landing)
A pool used as a location at the end of the movie "Logan's Run"
Small plane taking off from Fort Worth Meacham
DC-3 at Meacham
F-105 Thunderchief at Meacham
F-14 Tomcat at Meacham
Last edited by Munden; 06-12-2011 at 06:31 AM.
Cool stuff. I didn't even know Google Maps had this 45 degree option.
They made it available only through an API at first, for use with websites. (realtors, for instance) For a while it was then in their beta list where you had to enable it to see it.
I can't remember when they finally just moved it to the maps, but it was in 2010. They've been slowly adding cities to the coverage list. Cities in South Africa are covered from the World Cup timeframe too.
I've figured they were waiting until they had a good coverage of major cities in place before making a big deal about it.
Looks like they've put up a full list of cities here:
Yup, there is a partial list I have linked in the 'Using 45 Degree Imagery' in the General Discussion forum. It's not really complete or entirely accurate though. They don't list the San Bernadino area, for instance. They only list 'Long Beach' .. which is a different section of imagery AND hardly covered by the images there.
I've started trying to create another way for people to see what's covered, but the shapes are complex. Between my list and their list, it'll have to do for now.
I've copied most of the links I added to the instructional post in General Discussion into this one. I'd originally intended this one to be more of a list of interesting things and the other to contain instruction and update notifications.
I've added a few more to the bottom of the list.
NOTE: The F-35B Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) at Carswell AFB is visible. It's linked with the others.
I will probably edit this before too long to separate the links into different pages and then have the first page link to those posts. If I don't, the list will grow to be far too large to really deal with.
The Academy Awards, along with the red carpet and a massive Oscar and a crowd already starting.
The La Brea tar pits
The Bronson 'Cave' used as a location in many movies and TV shows. (such as the Batman TV show with Adam West)
Moto-cross event in a stadium
I thought this one was neat enough for a solo update:
Wipeout set - this is the outdoor set for recording the US TV series "Wipeout"